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Mercedes Releases First Details of Season Six Entry

HWA to oversee factory effort’s trackside operations in 2019-20…

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Mercedes has released initial details of its upcoming entry to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season Six.

The German manufacturer will run two cars under the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team banner, using expertise from its Brackley, UK-based Formula 1 program to supplement the project.

Powertrain development will be centred on the Brixworth facility in Northamptonshire, where Mercedes’ world championship-winning F1 hybrid power units have been developed.

A company statement said the EQ Formula E team would “draw on the combined experience and technical know-how of its motorsport family.”

It added that the High Performance Powertrains division team operating out of Brixworth is “capitalizing on its expertise with high-performance electric motors to develop the powertrain for the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team.”

As initially reported by e-racing365 in October, DTM title-winning outfit HWA will oversee the racing operations of the team in 2019-20.

Last month HWA was confirmed as an entry for the fifth season, using a customer Venturi powertrain ahead of its manufacturer involvement for the following campaign.

“The combined know-how of the Mercedes family at Affalterbach, Brixworth and Brackley provides the perfect foundations for our new Mercedes EQ Formula E Team,” said Mercedes-Benz Motorsport head Toto Wolff.

“I cannot imagine a better combination to take on this kind of project.

“Formula E is a unique series with some very specific challenges for its teams. We know the level of competition is extremely high and we will approach the challenge with energy and humility.

“There can be no other approach when we are up against ten competitive manufacturers, many of whom have years of experience in the series.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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  1. Kris G.

    May 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Mercedes is gearing-up its FE project and with the know-how they acquired developing hybrid powertrains for F1, sooner than anyone expects they will be fighting for podiums in FE too.

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